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Spring Branding on a Texas Ranch

Posted by on May 27, 2018

Why Brand? Every spring on cattle ranches throughout rural areas, cowboys and cowgirls gather the cow/calf operation herds for branding. A few have modernized the process with the addition of four-wheelers and electric squeeze chutes, while others follow the same age old traditions practiced for over 150 years. Using ranch-trained horses, cowboys and cowgirls push the herd to a set of working pens. In the midst of bawling calves and answered calls from their mommas, ground crews are amazingly fast and efficient to minimize the stress on the calf.   Some people claim that branding of livestock is a cruel practice, but it is necessary to establish ownership. The practice was introduced to North America by Cortes when he landed at Veracruz in 1519 with a few head of Andalusian cattle. He branded Three Christian Crosses on his small herd. Today, the only thing separating our calves from the neighbors herd is a few strands of barbed wire, and they do find ways to get lost on the other side. Bulls tend to have of mind of their own, and so do cattle rustlers with bolt cutters. Fences and pad-locked gates aren’t enough. The new beef crop is too valuable and branding is still the most accurate and humane way to identify the livestock that graze...

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Book Birthday Bash

Posted by on May 20, 2018

It’s a Book Birthday Party and you’re invited!   Help me celebrate two new books in my Rescue Animal Series.                     Friday, June 1 10:00 AM to Noon Canyon Area Library 1501 3rd Avenue Canyon, Texas It’s time to sign up for Summer Reading!   Now is your chance to buy a copy of the book, meet the rescue horses and their trainers, and get an autograph from all of us! Posters, stickers, bookmarks, balloons, cookies, juice, and photo ops. Please help us raise awareness about the people who work to give animals a second chance. Co-Sponsors: Canyon Area Library Burrowing Owl Books, on the Square in Canyon...

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More Rescue Animals!

Posted by on May 11, 2018

These two will gallop right into your heart! I love stories with happy endings. One of the reasons I felt inspired to write the Rescue Animal Series is to shed light on a group of people who are extremely generous and dedicated to giving animals a second chance. My family brought home two puppies from SPCA of Amarillo, but our efforts does not come close to the sacrifices of those who care for rescue horses. The work and expense...

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Looking for a Great Book?

Posted by on May 4, 2018

Book Reviews: Here’s my recommended reads from the past several months. So many new discoveries and a few old favorites. Enjoy! For Fans of Horror ONE MURDEROUS WEEK by Nandy Ekle Congratulations to one of my writing critique partners, Nandy Ekle, who has just released a collection of short stories. This thrilling anthology is full of seven stories of violence, aging, jealousy, arrogance, friendship, love, and romance. There is always a twist in the end. Seven days gone bad makes for...

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